Historical and Philosophical Roots of Chiropractic Medicine

Historical and Philosophical Roots of Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic is incredibly important to Australia’s medical culture and history. The science is well-established in Australia, the United States, and Canada, and while it is considered by some establishment medical professionals as a form of alternate medicine, it has helped millions of people worldwide deal with joint issues, chronic pain, and a host of different musculoskeletal conditions. It’s regarded as one of the most effective types of treatment available for back pain, and is still going strong in 2017 and only is only increasing popularity as more and more mainstream medical practitioners remark on the effectiveness of chiropractic medicine in the treatment of low back pain.

There are many books and resources which speak at length about the history, philosophy, culture, and methodology of chiropractic, but we decided to go straight to the source.

We had the pleasure of speaking to John a Chiropractor in Sydney, who gave us a little bit more information about the history of the practice, “Chiropractic ideas are rooted in rationalism, folk medicine, and vitalism,” John explained, “It’s simply amazing to think about how far we’ve come since the earliest days of this type of medicine. It helps so many people, and it can be transformative in terms of chronic pain and quality of life, especially when combined with a healthy lifestyle.”

Acupuncture, similar to chiropractic medicine, was once thought to be a chiefly ineffective form of medicine based on folk remedies and pseudoscience. Both acupuncture and chiropractic medicine are now regularly prescribed by mainstream medical professionals in Australia, and most insurance companies are willing to cover the cost of the treatment. It just goes to show that our scientific understanding of the human body is always in flux. What is considered an ineffective or unsubstantiated form of treatment today may be readily validated by scientific studies tomorrow.

We have to be careful about opposing alternative forms of treatment. It’s easy to lend credence to the most popular type of practice while debasing all other practices. The effectiveness of chiropractic in a pain management plan or in the treatment of issues with the musculoskeletal system has certainly been validated when mere decades ago, it was ridiculed for being ineffective and pseudoscientific. Professional chiropractors across the country have certainly demonstrated that this is a powerful medical practice that helps improve the daily lives of countless numbers of people.